Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Willows Theatre Season...tickets now on sale

Or, if I'm being honest, tickets on sale, and shows already open...given I've been a bit slow to respond to Kristopher McDowell's original email alerting me to the season being on sale.

Kristopher, who you might know from his appearances at 42nd St. Moon, is now the Executive Director of Marketing and Promotions for the Willows.

They've got two shows running:

At their main theatre in the Willows Shopping Center you'll find Jesus Christ Superstar, which opened yesterday and runs through March 2nd.

At their cabaret theatre in Martinez you'll find Nunsense 2, the Second Coming, which opened last week and runs through February 24th. Another 42nd St. Moon alum, Alexandra Kaprielian, is playing SIster Mary Amnesia.

Their site is a font of information, so if you're an East Bay-er...or just love JC Superstar or Nunsense, get on over there.


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

True West at the Pear Avenue Theatre...$8 tix tonight!

This blog's regular commenter Ray Renati is currently directing the Pear Avenue Theatre production of Sam Shepard's True West.

WHAT: True West by Sam Shepard
WHERE: Pear Avenue Theatre
1220 Pear Avenue, Unit K
Mountain View, CA 94043

WHEN: From January 11, 2008 8:00 PM through February 03, 2008 2:00 PM
ONLINE TICKETS: At Brown Paper Tickets

DESCRIPTION: Quintessential Sam Shepard: Toasters and typewriters duke it out! All hell breaks lose when a frustrated screenwriter is stunned by the arrival of his toaster-snatching desert rat of a brother. The Pear's third offering in its sixth season features John Romano, Daniel Martin, Kevin High, and Jackie O'Keefe, and is directed by Ray Renati. Don't miss this darkly comic modern classic!

SPECIAL OFFER: The Pear has decided to offer a limited number of $8.00 seats for tonight's performance (Wednesday, 1-23). Just call 650-254-1148 for reservations.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Oscar Nominations announced


Johnny Depp is nominated, which looks like the only major get for Sweeney (the other noms being for Art Direction and Costumes.) Also really happy to see Hal Holbrook's nomination.

Short list of films I really want to see pre-Oscars:

For sure:
Sweeney, duh
Michael Clayton
La Vie en Rose

There Will Be Blood (I'm more intrigued by what I hear about the score by Radiohead's guitarist than I am by Daniel Day Lewis' performance)
Away From Her and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (both sound pretty depressing)
No End in Sight and Sicko (although I doubt I'll prioritize them given how few of the other films I've seen.)
Gone Baby Gone (For some reason I'm a Ben Affleck fan...must be his self-deprecating nature)

List of nominated films I just can't get interested in seeing:
Atonement (looks dull)
No Country For Old Men (sounds really violent)
Lars and the Real Girl (looks ridiculous)

No noms for the other big musical release of the year, Hairspray, which I just watched Sunday night on DVD. My full review is coming, but let's just say that, while harmless, I'm certainly not at all surprised to see it blanked at the Oscars.

Any big surprises on the list for you?


Monday, January 14, 2008

Golden Globes? Feh...

...What about the Shellie's?

At least this is the question I was asked by a faithful blog reader.

So, quite right, this is the SF Bay Area Theatre Blog after all...I may be obsessed with Sweeney Todd, but that doesn't mean I should turn a blind eye to our won local fare.

The 29th annual Shellie Award winners were announced.

The Shellies honor work in Contra Costa County and have been going on for 29 years, so quite a run.

Congratulations to all the winners, which ae listed by category at the link above.


Sunday, January 13, 2008

Golden Globes: Sweeney wins Best Film, Musical or Comedy and Best Actor

With little pomp and no live awards show, thanks to the WGA strike, we have merely a press conference to announce the winners of this year's Golden Globes.

Sweeney Todd won Best Film, Musical or Comedy, and Johnny Depp won Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy.

Let's bear in mind that the whole splitting of Dramas from Musicals/Comedy at the Globes leads to a whole lot of winners at the GG who never had a shot at the Oscar. And I have no doubt it's no different for Sweeney and Depp.

PS-I still haven't see the film, if you can believe it, partially scared off by the gore. Meanwhile BlogSister and her husband saw it and LOVED it, and yes, BlogSister is as much a Sweeney fan as I am.

She wants to guest blog her review, and I'm encouraging her to write it up and do it!!

Source: New York Times with a list of all nominees and winners

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